Category Archives: New Evangelization

Meet Football-Star Seminarian Jordan Roberts

Read the USA Today story about a Catholic seminarian and you think you’re reading the National Catholic Register: Sundays are sacred at the St. John Vianney Seminary, a plain five-story red-brick building across a grassy quad from the main chapel at the University of St. Thomas. It is the only day Jordan Roberts and 133 […]

VIDEO: Colbert Invites Maher Back to Church

On Tuesday, Nov. 17, CBS posted this video from The Late Show in which host Stephen Colbert invites guest Bill Maher to return to the Church. Who got the better of the exchange? Watch above or read a rough transcript here: Maher: “I probably woulddn’t be invited to your dinner party, because we’re very opposite Colbert: […]

Casting Films and Other Ways to Love Your Neighbor

This past weekend I spent nearly 17 hours over two days going through headshot after headshot, reel after reel, in an attempt to cut 6000 applicants down to a mere 100 for coming auditions. The monotony was stultifying, but I bothered doing the work because, as someone who drafted the story for the film in […]

Bishop Paprocki Completes 21st Marathon in 21 Years

Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki, of the Diocese of Springfield, Illinois, completed the Springfield Marathon on October 11. “That makes 21 marathons in 21 years for me,” said Bishop Paprocki, according to a diocesan press release. The run helped raise over $20,000 for Catholic Charities Legal Services of Springfield (CCLS) and the Chicago Legal Clinic (CLC) […]

The Pope Owns TV, So Why Are We Losing the Culture Wars?

I’m sitting here watching Pope Francis on Time Warner Cable’s new all-pope-all-the-time channel — click here for details —  while coverage also continues on Fox News, MSNBC, CNN, the broadcast networks, EWTN, etc. There’s no bigger news right now (Thank God!) than the pope’s Apostolic Visit to the U.S., specifically New York, Washington, D.C., and […]

A Family Resemblance

  I recently came across a beautiful story about the papal visit from the San Francisco Chronicle. The piece is a stark reminder of power of unconditional love and the message of mercy. Nothing is more compelling–nothing is more true–than the unconditional love of the Father. The story picks up with the pope meeting AIDS patients during a visit to a local church: […]

Wednesday the President, Sunday the Pope

When an American President invites someone to the White House, or even says his name in a public address, more than style points are at stake. We can argue about his legacy, but someone who understood this well and used it to good effect was President George W. Bush, who made it his purpose to […]

Priest Spends Ten Months Playing With Legos, Everybody Wins

This.  Is.  Awesome. Fr. Bob Simon, from St. Catherine of Siena parish in Moscow, Pennsylvania, has built a detailed model of St. Peter’s Basilica and Square entirely out of Legos, which will be on display at the Franklin Institute through February 15. Five fun facts: 1.  The model Vatican measures 14×6 feet and uses 500,000 […]



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